Junk Food: Food is the main source of fuel in our body. But eating right is must. In this 24×7 busy life, people are compromising with the food in some or the other way. Truly it is a wrong practice as nothing happens instantly, effects (may be positive or negative) cannot be seen immediately by our body, it is a slow process and one day it speaks at its own, depending upon the problem faced by one’s body and then one rushes to the doctor and from here one starts developing a strong relationship with the doctor and doctor is happy as you are his permanent customer and slowly starts believing doctor more than self. Easy to say one gives remote control into the hands of others.
Therefore, it is always worth to take care of self from the very beginning such that never get a chance to visit a doctor by stopping the consumption of harmful food.
It will be hard to believe that harmful food is only the culprit to make us unhealthy. Some of the fast harmful food like- reserved fast food, soft drinks, ice creams, chocolate, toffees breads, junk food, jams, jellies, fried foods, preserved foods etc. is rapidly increasing instead of consumption of natural food.
Recently, a teenager has suffered with deaf and blind condition after living entirely on the diet of chips, sausages and crisps.
The 17 year old had stopped eating proper meals when he was seven years old. He is the first person in the UK to go blind and deaf with continuous eating of junk food, revealed by the mother of the boy.
The family lived in Bristol, UK, said initially they suspected that something was wrong when the teen’s hearing slowly started subsiding down when he was just 14 years old.
It became apparent later by series of subsequent tests that he had “Avoidant-Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) and his successive lack of nutrition had broken down his optic nerve, causing a condition known as nutritional optic neuropathy (NON).
His mum, who is around 40 years, is quite worried and said the loss of his hearing and sight meant he will be without job and no social life.
In the beginning parents were unable to believe about this disorder (ARFID). It was terrifying for us when we came to know that the damage is irreversible.
After the diagnosis the rate of deterioration was very fast and his eyesight went downhill very fast and reached to the point from where he cannot revert back, now legally he is blind. Currently he has no social life.
After completing school education he got into college to do a course in IT. But he was forced to give it up because of disability of sight and hearing problem.
Mother also said that, because of his dreadful condition even she had to leave her pnb job, and now looking after him full-time.
The mum reflected about his problems, all began with the junk eating, he only ate Pringles, sausages, chips, processed ham and white bread since the age of seven – though this unhealthy diet but didn’t pop up through obesity, as one might typically expect.
She said this kind of eating started when he was in primary school. He came back home with his packed lunch untouched. For this then she had started making nice sandwiches for him and put an apple or other fruit along with it but he didn’t eat any of it. His teachers also became concerned for him.
His brother and sister were relishing the food whatever she had packed. They loved everything. In spite of all these things he was just as fit and healthy like his brother and sister.
He has been always skinny, so never thought of his weight concerns. She also said people always talked about junk food and obesity all the time, but he was thin, so never doubted about the ill effect of junk food.
It was quite surprising that despite the damage caused by his junk diet, the teen is still living primarily on the junk food. He is taking vitamin supplements – but his diet is still the same. When he had counseling then somehow we managed to start him on fruit smoothies.
Although, the family wished to remain unnamed, but they had agreed for the case to be reported in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine to raise awareness of ARFID, as well as the importance of nutrition for good eye and ear health, in order to keep others aware of it and at least become serious about their good health.
“Eat Healthy and Be Healthy, Strictly Say No To Junk Food”